DIY: Mason Jar String Art

DIY: Mason Jar String Art
(I have been eyeing up doing this craft for awhile. So excited to finally share it!)


Materials:
  • Wood slice or pallet
  • Colored string (I used mint, white, and coral/pink)
  • Artificial flowers (I repurposed flowers I used from wedding guest table centerpieces. In case you noticed they looked familiar.)
  • 1.125" Gold Nails with a wide head (I got mine from Lowe's)
  • Hammer
  • Pliers
  • Stencil of mason jar (I ended up printing out a mason jar shape.)


Directions:

1. Find inspiration.
My go-to first step to any DIY project!  A friend wanted to have another Ladies Night-In craft night so we decided our next project would be string art!  We had a shared board on Pinterest and I fell in love when I found these examples of mason jar string art. 
(I wanted to model mine after these but also add my own creativity into it!)

via Pinterest


2. Nail the template onto the wood.
I started by just nailing in 4 nails.  This helped me with three things: practice how to nail a nail, figure out how to nail straight, and plan the spacing of my nails.


Tip: Use pliers to help hold hard to reach spots in order to hammer in the nails.



Here is the final placements of all the nails onto the board.  
Notice at the top the spaces where you can slip flower stems through.
(I had to remove two nails I originally nailed in, hence the random holes.)



3. Remove the paper template from wood.
After placing all the nails you want, carefully rip off the paper away from the wood.

Tip: If small pieces of paper get stuck, use the pliers to pull the piece free.



4. Tie a double knot around a starting nail.
It doesn't matter where you want to start, just make sure to tie two knots to secure the string.  As you start stringing, the string will stretch and pull.



5. Wrap string around nail heads.
This was my favorite part.  There's no right or wrong direction in which your string can go.  The real art comes from the spontaneous design that happens when you start wrapping the string around the nails.  

Tip: Loop your string twice around the head, that way as you pull it towards a new nail, it doesn't slip off from it's previous spot.


Tip: Don't be afraid to add additional color string into your design.  In mine I used white, light pink, and of course mint!



6. Add flowers.
I repurposed two flowers that I used as guest centerpieces from my wedding.  I love them because of their deep coral and mint colors and that they have such a sentimental meaning to them.

Tip: Make sure when you are stringing, you keep the strings closer to the top of the head, that way the flower stems will easily slip in and out of your design.

I also wrapped extra layers of string at the bottom so the stems wouldn't slip through the bottom of the mason jar.

Wa-la! Now you have your very own Mason Jar String Art!

If you have ever made string art or you find other creative ideas please share them my way! I plan on making more in the future! 

Stay crafty my friends!
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7 comments:

  1. Such a cute idea! And it lasts so much longer than real flowers! lol

    Sara
    My Name is Sara

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    1. Thank you so much! It really is! I really do enjoy artificial/silk flowers for that very reason.
      ~Jenny

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  2. Can these be weatherized to hang outside?

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  3. Can these be weatherized to hang outside?

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  5. Super cute! How many packs of string did you use?

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